Every tenth Hartz IV supplementary employee works in the public sector. Not Lidl and Co., but the state is the biggest wage printer in the country
The collective bargaining in the public service ended over the weekend without a really satisfactory result for the employees. 1.15% wage increase per year does not even compensate for inflation and is de facto a real wage cut. But many employees in the public sector were already satisfied, if they are employed at all under one of the collective agreements, which are based on the wages in the public sector.
The state is an employer with a three-class system: in the first place there are the civil servants, protected from dismissal, properly paid and with all the rights that an employee can have. In the second place, regular civil servants, who are often also employed by carriers with a private-law structure. Do they still have "Old contract", they usually also enjoy good protection against dismissal, but earnings are comparatively modest and they always face the prospect of falling into the lowest group in the pecking order of the civil service – these are the precarious employment relationships, usually only with a temporary contract, often with a temporary employment agency that prints down the wage level on behalf of the state, without any employee rights worth mentioning. Hire and fire and mini-wages in the name of the state.